Artificial Disc Replacement or ADR is a newly developed and employed spinal disc procedure. It uses the anterior approach for replacing the intervertebral disc that is arthritic, painful or worn-out. The replacement of the disc for the lumbar spine is done with an artificial disc made of metal or plastic. The replacement is done for either lower spine or lumbar or upper spine or cervical. ADR is one kind of arthroplasty. It is also termed as Total Disc Replacement or TDR. ADR is developed and employed as it stands as an alternative to the existing or older spinal fusion procedure.

Artificial Disc Replacement or ADR Surgery in India has many advantages due to the availability of best skilled neuro-spine surgeons and world-class most advanced technology and special care for International Patients.

Need for the Surgery

Candidates, who suffer from cervical pain or lower pain, which are caused by degenerative disc disease are eligible for this surgery.


Before Surgery

If the candidate smokes, smoking must be quit immediately. Herbal remedies or non-essential medications must be stopped, as they may react possibly with anesthesia. These precautions are discussed with the candidate by the doctor, after a thorough check of the present and past medical history. The candidate should stop eating or drinking from midnight before the surgery. Some of the surgeons may require the candidate to undergo bowel preparation. Any activities that could improve the fitness are recommended as such activities could faster and easier the recovery process. So, walking, cycling and swimming are preferred for the candidates, who suffer from the low back pain.

Surgical Procedure

A small incision is to be made on the abdomen. Then the spine would be exposed after the abdominal contents are moved away from the way. In cases there is any collapse of the disc is found, it is restored and sometimes the disc is removed.

Post Surgery

The patient has to stay in the hospital for one to two days after the surgery is performed. Most of the patients can get out of bed and able to walk right on the evening of the surgery day. Some activities are restricted to be conducted for at least a month after the surgery and after a month, the patient can get back to normal and regular activities. Complete list of the restricted activities is given by the surgeon.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Complete recovery is possible from 6 to 8 weeks, after the surgery. During the recovery period, extra assistance is needed at home. It requires the preparation of the meals earlier for a few days right after returning to the home. It will take 5 to 7 days, to start taking the shower. It needs the shower stool while taking a shower

The rehabilitation for most of the patients is to stretch and walk the program. It is to be continued for the first four weeks after the surgery is performed. Later this period, another program called abdominal strengthening activities are recommended, as they help the patients, who were deconditioned, before the surgery. After the surgery, the first follow up usually starts after 4 to 6 weeks. The following visits can be after 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and later once in the following years. Regular yearly visits are needed for ensuring that the implants are not worn out.

Benefits and Risks

  • It helps reducing or eliminating the pain and still allows the easier and comfortable motion of the spine.
  • Premature breakdown can be prevented at the adjacent levels of spine, which is happened to be a potential risk found in the fusion surgeries.
  • Implant material to be reacted with allergy
  • Implants bend, loose, move or bend
  • Arm pain
  • Neck pain
  • Bend or break of instruments
  • Wounds
  • Bodily or local infections
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Change or impairment in the speech
  • Spinal cord or nerve injury that may cause paralysis or impairment


Artificial Disc Replacement Package: $6500-$8000
Hospital stay approximately 5 days & 10 days in country

The above package cost is a tentative package, which includes initial investigations & specialists screening, stay in a room wherein the patient’s assistant or relative can also stay with the patient, doctor/surgeon fee, nursing care, medicines & consumables, airport pick-up & drop.

On receiving your medical reports, we will revert to you within 24 hours with the right estimate package after getting your medical reports examined by the best team of doctors at the best hospitals in India. We will also assist you in traveling part, which includes, airfare booking, medical visa invitation, airport pick-up and drop, hotel stay & visit for any sightseeing. With our 10 years of expertise in delivering highly caring International Patients Assistance Services, you can completely rely on us in every step of your recovery. Our all International Patient Assistance Services are FREE!!! as GlobalCare Health is an official associate of India’s Best Hospitals & Specialists.

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